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Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

Feb. 17, 2018 1:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards. Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year. "I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the...

Activists delay rebuild of Hawaii hotel with Elvis ties

Feb. 16, 2018 3:08 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Developers rebuilding a storied, hurricane-ravaged Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the Coco Palms' rebirth when two men showed up last year, claiming to own the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai. The men set up camp...

Review: Angelic harmonies shine on I'm With Her's new album

Feb. 13, 2018 4:39 PM EST

I'm With Her, "See You Around" (Rounder Records) Feels like fate must have brought together three already successful alt-folk musicians whose angel voices blend as seamlessly as their strings. The lovely sounds of I'm With Her — the trio of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan and Sara Watkins — are on...

Peyton Manning to lead field to green flag at Daytona 500

Feb. 13, 2018 12:57 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Peyton Manning is leading one more drive on a big stage. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Manning will be behind the wheel of the Toyota pace car and lead the 40-car field to the green flag...

Country singer Daryle Singletary dies at age 46

Feb. 12, 2018 11:55 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Daryle Singletary, who sang songs like "I Let Her Lie" and "Too Much Fun," has died. A publicist says Singletary died at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee on Monday at 46. The cause of death is pending. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Some of his other...

Lucinda Williams working on memoir for 2020

Feb. 11, 2018 1:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is working on a memoir about her life from her childhood in the South to how she became a late bloomer success in the music industry. Henry Holt and Company says Sunday that the untitled book is scheduled to hit shelves in 2020. Williams says she has a...

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Feb. 9, 2018 3:45 PM EST

iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending February 8, 2018: Top Songs 1. God's Plan, Drake 2. Pray For Me, The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar 3. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton), Justin Timberlake 4. The Champion (feat. Ludacris), Carrie Underwood 5. Perfect, Ed Sheeran 6. Filthy, Justin Timberlake 7....

'Kryptonite' guitarist's family says doctor fed opioid habit

Feb. 8, 2018 8:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The family of a longtime guitarist for 3 Doors Down is accusing an Alabama doctor of fueling the rocker's opioid addiction before he died of a drug overdose. Matthew Roberts, 38, was found dead in August 2016 in the hallway of a hotel outside Milwaukee, where he was to perform in a charity...

Female songwriters in Nashville say "Time's Up"

Feb. 6, 2018 10:26 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Female musicians in Nashville have long complained about the lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters are singing "Time's Up." The Song Suffragettes were formed in 2014 in response to a growing concern that women were being excluded by...

APNewsBreak: Mellencamp, Dupri heading to Songwriters Hall

Feb. 6, 2018 7:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class will include John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri, who will become the second hip-hop act inducted into the prestigious organization. The Songwriters Hall told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Allee Willis, who...